Exciting news, this year’s charity campaign with Alder Hey Children’s Hospital Charity is here! Our campaign this year, Together for Alder Hey, is raising money for the Surgical Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
Neonatal babies undergoing emergency surgery need the love and care of their family more than ever. Alder Hey Children’s Hospital have designed an innovative facility, packed with technology and thoughtful enhancements to give neonatal babies and their families the best environment to thrive.
The building will be equipped with private, comfortable rooms where families can stay with their babies while receiving expert care from clinicians.
This will be the first unit of its kind in the UK, and charitable support will help provide enhancements and equipment for both the clinical space and family areas, elevating it to a truly world class facility that helps families with the most vulnerable babies.
This year, our PJs have been designed by a brilliant young competition winner! We caught up with him and spoke to some of the amazing patients and staff at Alder Hey about the campaign…
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Oliver, aged 6, entered our competition to help design this year’s Alder Hey PJs and won! His design was inspired by Christmas trees, complemented with lots of lovely festive colours and Oli the Elephant on the front.
“I entered the competition because I thought it looked fun! I love Christmas trees, they look so fluffy!”
“We’re so proud of Oliver’s design, he loves being creative and put so much thought into the design. It’s been amazing to be able to be part of a process that gives so much back to the children of Alder Hey.
Born into the world over 4 months early weighing just 650 grams, Betty was extremely premature and needed neonatal intensive care where her immature lungs were supported by a ventilator.
Betty had a really tough journey, fighting sepsis, numerous infections and requiring multiple surgeries. Perforations in her bowel meant she needed emergency surgery at Alder Hey Children's Hospital at just 5 weeks old, before she was supposed to be born.
Now four years old, Betty has had a tough journey and she’s astounded her parents by bouncing back time and time again. Her family are so thankful they’ve been given the courage, skills and confidence to care for her by the Alder Hey staff. A new NICU will help more families like Betty’s.
Sam was born extremely prematurely at 24 weeks, weighing just 1lb 11ozs. As a result, all of his major internal organs were underdeveloped and needed to grow before he could leave hospital. Sam and his family spent four and a half months at Liverpool Women’s Hospital and Alder Hey combined as a result.
During four months in NICU Sam underwent two major operations to save his life, and also three major procedures to save his sight.
Sam has been home now for just under 12 months, and his family are delighted to be part of this year’s campaign and to raise awareness for the new neonatal unit.
Meet Joanne, a consultant paediatric and neonatal surgeon at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital who has worked there for 11 years.
As part of her role at Alder Hey, Joanne looks after and leads operations for children who need surgery, and she also specialises in gastrointestinal, chest and cancer surgery.
“I love this year’s pyjamas, especially the slogan ‘have a jolly, Oli Christmas!' I’m thrilled that Matalan is helping us to achieve our dream of having a world class surgical neonatal unit at Alder Hey." You are braver than you think, talk to someone and never give up.”
Your help makes a huge difference and we thank you for supporting us every year. Text ALDERHEY to 70085 to donate £5. Texts cost £5 plus one standard rate message.
Show your support and tag us in your family PJ snaps using the hashtag #TogetherForAlderHey
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